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Politicians must take criticism for lousy work

I agree with what Philip McNeill says (Write Back, April 12). It is the same all over the world.

Here in Australia, if you criticise the federal Labor government, you are deemed a Liberal (conservative) stooge.

There is no shortage of criticism with this useless Gillard government in Australia. Philip McNeill should ask his DUP councillor about accountability - one of the seven principles of public life adopted by the Northern Ireland Executive. Does the councillor support, or reject, these principles?

We do live in a democracy and those elected officials - no matter which party they belong to - should accept criticism if they are doing a lousy job.

And, if they can't, they should resign.

brian mawhinney Victoria, Australia

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